Let's help women still using ash, sacks as sanitary pads
Women in disadvantaged parts of South Africa continue to use ash, sacks, feathers or old pieces of blankets as sanitary wear, which exposes them to infection, a locally-based organisation has noted.
My name is Sandile S Ngwenya female aged 24, my goal is to distribute sanitary pads to disadvantaged girls in schools in South African rural areas, Shortage of sanitary wear hinders girls from attending school.
My mandate is to donate at least 800 packets of pads to 800 girls every month and we are asking for donations.
This ambitious project is for ensuring that girls have access to protective sanitary wear, in some areas, girls are missing school because they do not have sanitary wear.
“They will only go back to school after their periods"
Therefore, we ask you to buy 1 pack or more and donate to the pads drive for disadvantaged girls in the country’s rural areas.
Independent surveys which the organisation carried out revealed that 45% of girls used cloth, 19% use cotton wool, 18% could afford pads while the other 3% relied on newspapers, tree leaves and barks.
The reusable pad is made of three layers of soft, absorbent fabric backed with a quality water-proof material to prevent leakages and are changed every five hours or so depending on the menstrual flow. Research had shown that as much as 70% of the population were using cloth. “These cloths that girls are using are unhygienic – they have been used for years and years and are often shared with other family members.